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Mosques of the Indian Subcontinent

Their Development and Iconography by: Fredrick W. Bunce

The Indian subcontinent is home to some spectacular mosques which are architectural marvels produced by the spread of Islam in India. 54 important mosques including their locations, history, structure and plan patterns, are covered in this volume which will be indispensable for scholars and students of Indo-Islamic architecture.

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ISBN: 9788124604588
Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : xv, 212
Bibliographic Details : 1 map; 102 Plates; 34 Figures; Bibliography; Glossary; Appendices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 1050

Overview

The spread of Islam in India produced some of the most spectacular monuments, the mosques stand as testimony to the great architectural skill and expertise of the Indian subcontinent through centuries and constitute one of the most important aspects of the rich architectural culture of the region. This volume showcases some 54 important mosques spread across the Indian subcontinent — from Lahore in modern Pakistan to Gaur in modern West Bengal and from Delhi in the north to Kayalpatnam and Bijapur in South India. It mentions the location of the mosques, their history, structure and plan patterns and discusses various elements of the structures in detail: their entrances, pillars, porticoes, type of mihrab and other aspects. It emphasises the importance of a particular masjid such as its typifying the mosques of a certain period or dynasty and setting the standard for later masjids in some manner. It presents some other plans and proportional elevations in the appendices for a comparative study. An extremely useful list of Muslim rulers of the Indian subcontinent is provided. With maps and drawings of plans of mosques, the book is a painstaking effort to examine the evolution and iconography of the mosque architecture in the region. The volume will be indispensable for scholars and students of Indo-Islamic architecture.

Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
The Mosques: Twelfth Century
Ibrahim Shrine/Masjid, Bhadreshvar
Solahkhambi Masjid, Bhadreshvar
Choti Masjid, Bhadreshvar
The Mosques: Thirteenth Century
Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, Delhi, 1st Stage
Masjid Arhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, Ajmer
Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, Delhi, 2nd Stage
Qadi Taj al-din Masjid, Madurai
Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, Delhi
The Mosques: Fourteenth Century
Karim-ud-Din Masjid, Bijapur
Masjid-i Jami, Cambay
Jami’ al-Kabir, Kayalpatnam
Ahmad Nainar Masjid, Kayalpatnam
Adina Masjid, Pandua
Masjid-i Jami, Gulbarga
Masjid Begampuri, Delhi
Masjid ‘Ala al-din, Madurai
Masjid Kalan, Delhi
Khirki Masjid, Delhi
Masjid-i Jami, Srinagar
The Mosques: Fifteenth Century
Atala Masjid, Jaunpur
Dilwar Khan Masjid, Mandu
Masjid Ahmad Shah, Ahmedabad
Masjid-i Jami, Ahmedabad
Solah Khamba Masjid, Badar
Rani Rupmati Masjid, Ahmedabad
Lal Darwaza Masjid, Jaunpur
Masjid-i Jami, Jaunpur
Masjid-i Jami, Mandu
Qadiriya Masjid, Kayalpatnam
Masjid-i Jami, Sarkhej
Gunmani Masjid, Gaur
Masjid-i Jami, Campaner
The Mosques: Sixteenth Century
Chota Sona Masjid, Gaur
Rani Sipri Masjid, Ahmedabad
Qadam Rasul Masjid, Gaur
Rettaikulampalli Masjid, Kayalpatnam
Safa Masjid, Ponda
Masjid-i Jami, Bijapur
Badshahi Masjid, Fatehpur-Sikri
Mithqalpalli Masjid, Calicut
The Mosques: Seventeenth Century
Ali Shahid Pir Masjid, Bijapur
Anda Masjid, Bijapur
Ibrahim Rauza Masjid, Bijapur
Gol Gumbaz Masjid, Bijapur
Moti Masjid, Agra
Masjid Wazir Khan, Lahore
Moti Masjid, Lal Qila, Delhi
Masjid-i Jami, Delhi
Masjid-i Jami, Tatta
Marakkayarpalli (Masjid), Kayalpatnam
Mecca Masjid, Bijapur
Afzal Khan Rauza Masjid, Bijapur
Shah Navaz Khan Rauza Masjid, Bijapur
Masjid Badshahi, Lahore
Considerations
Bibliography
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Miscellaneous Plans
Appendix C: Miscellaneous Proportional Elevations
Appendix D: Major Muslim Rulers
Acknowledgement

Meet the Author
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1935
Fredrick W. Bunce, a PhD and a cultural historian of international eminence, is an authority on ancient iconography and Buddhist arts. He has been honoured with prestigious awards/commendations and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and the International Biographical Dictionary, 1980. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Art, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. He has authored the following books all published by D.K. Printworld: Buddhist Textile of Laos, Lan Na and the Isan - The Iconography of Design Elements. A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography. An Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints and Demons (2 vols.). An Encyclopaedia of Hindu Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Demons and Heroes (3 vols.). The Iconography of Architectural Plans - A Study of the Influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Plans of South and South-east Asia. Islamic Tombs in India - The Iconographical and Genesis of their Design. Monuments of India and the Indianized States. The Mosques of the Indian Subcontinent - Their Development and Iconography. Mudras in Buddhist and Hindu Practices - An Iconographic Consideration. Numbers - Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist and Hindu Practices. Royal Palaces, Residences and Pavilions of India - An Iconographic Consideration. The Sacred Dichotomy: Thoughts and Comments on The Duality of Female and Male Iconography in South Asia and the Mediterranean. The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities - A Unique Pantheon. The Yantra of Deities and their Numerological Foundations - An Iconographic Consideration.
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